CHENNAI (TIP): Three doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, have come to Chennai to treat chief minister J Jayalalithaa who is undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospitals on Greams Road.

There was no press release from the hospital or the government, but officials in the Union health ministry confirmed that doctors including pulmonologist Dr G C Khilnani, cardiologist Dr Nitish Nayak and anesthesiologist Dr Anjan Trikha had left for Chennai.

“Some left on Wednesday evening. We cannot say more at this point,” the official said.

Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital+ on September 22 with complaints of “fever and dehydration.”

On Sunday , the hospital said the chief minister had infection, and that a team of doctors, including Dr Richard Beale from the London Bridge Hospital in the UK, were giving her antibiotics to treat her condition.

Dr Beale left the city on Sunday. On Monday, the hospital said she was on respiratory support and was being treated for infection with antibiotics and allied clinical measures.

Tuesday’s bulletin said she continued to show improvement. There was no medical bulletin from the hospital on Wednesday . Among the many public prayers conducted for the health of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa+ , who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals, was a religious procession organised at her constituency RK Nagar on Monday . Pictures have emerged of young children with their faces pierced with metal rods+ taking part in the ceremony organised by party workers, a ritual usually followed while worshipping Lord Muruga.

In a statement on Wednesday, PMK leader S Ramadoss described the incident as a “human rights violation”. He alleged that of the hundreds of people who took part in the procession, there were more than 20 children, aged 5 to 12, who had their bodies pierced against their wishes. He added that children should not be forced to do such things. AIADMK MLA P Vetrivel told TOI that he helped organise the event, but “participation was entirely voluntary”.”They were praying for Amma’s [Jayalalithaa’s] health. Ramadoss is insulting our traditions and the people,” he said.


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